Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Keeled Skimmers at Whale Chine

The south-west coast of the Isle of Wight suffers from  regular coastal erosion.This landslip of the sandstone cliffs creates ideal conditions for the Keeled Skimmer.On these areas of landslip, draining water forms boggy pools allowing the skimmer to survive and complete its life cycle.
Whale Chine is among several sites along this stretch of coast where this dragonfly can breed and July is normally the best time to see them.







Mature males are mainly blue whereas immature males are similar to the golden-yellow colour of the females.